South University-West Palm Beach

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$16,920

1.69% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$21,674

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

11.7%

Default Rate

2017 Enrolled Students

861

64.8% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

28.9%

11 Graduates

About

South University-West Palm Beach is a higher education institution located in Palm Beach County, FL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at South University-West Palm Beach were Registered Nursing (139 degrees awarded), Health Care Administration & Management (20 degrees), and Paralegal (13 degrees).

In 2017, 363 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at South University-West Palm Beach. 80.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 19.8% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were black or african american (161 degrees), 1.64 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (98 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at South University-West Palm Beach is $16,920, which is $2,920 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,000).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at South University-West Palm Beach is $16,920, which is $2,920 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,000).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,674.

In 2017, 87% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 73% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$16,920

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at South University-West Palm Beach was $16,920. The cost of tuition at South University-West Palm Beach is $2,920 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,000).

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Average Net Price

$21,674

2017 Value

3%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 South University-West Palm Beach had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,674. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of South University-West Palm Beach grew by 3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,377

Room and Board

$1,500

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South University-West Palm Beach was of $6,377 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of room and board increased by 1.27% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

87%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

73%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

87% of undergraduate students at South University-West Palm Beach received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 87% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

11.7%

2016 Default Rate

1580

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at South University-West Palm Beach was 11.7%, which represents 1580 out of the 13537 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

South University-West Palm Beach has a total enrollment of 861 students. The full-time enrollment at South University-West Palm Beach is 558 students and the part-time enrollment is 303. This means that 64.8% of students enrolled at South University-West Palm Beach are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at South University-West Palm Beach, both undergraduate and graduate, is 44.3% Black or African American, 25.2% White, 23% Hispanic or Latino, 2.9% Asian, 0.697% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.465% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at South University-West Palm Beach in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (34.4%), followed by White Female (21.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (20%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (34.8%), followed by Black or African American Female (26.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (17.4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

64.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at South University-West Palm Beach, both undergraduate and graduate, is 861 students. The full-time enrollment at South University-West Palm Beach is 558 and the part-time enrollment is 303. This means that 64.8% of students enrolled at South University-West Palm Beach are enrolled full-time compared with 71.1% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

54%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at South University-West Palm Beach was 54%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (71%), South University-West Palm Beach had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    381

  2. White

    217

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    198

The enrolled student population at South University-West Palm Beach is 44.3% Black or African American, 25.2% White, 23% Hispanic or Latino, 2.9% Asian, 0.697% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.465% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 44.7% White, 15.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 15.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 22 students (2.56%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 219 more women than men received degrees from South University-West Palm Beach. The majority of degree recipients at South University-West Palm Beach are black or african american (161 degrees awarded). There were 1.64 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (98 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at South University-West Palm Beach is Registered Nursing (139 degrees awarded), followed by Health Care Administration & Management (20 degrees) and Paralegal (13 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at South University-West Palm Beach, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Health (303 degrees awarded), Legal (16 degrees), and Protective Services (10 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are Registered nurses (1,360,289 people), Software developers (432,791 people), Other managers (255,651 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (220,150 people), and Medical & health services managers (178,570 people).

The most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are Health (303 degrees awarded), Legal (16 degrees), Protective Services (10 degrees), Psychology (8 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (8 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Public relations specialists, Physicians, and Podiatrists

The most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are Health (303 degrees awarded), Legal (16 degrees), Protective Services (10 degrees), Psychology (8 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (8 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,639,750 people), Elementary & secondary schools (617,685 people), Computer Systems Design (538,408 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (389,425 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (368,802 people).

The most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are Health (303 degrees awarded), Legal (16 degrees), Protective Services (10 degrees), Psychology (8 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (8 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by South University-West Palm Beach.

Most Common

  1. 139 degrees awarded

  2. 20 degrees awarded

  3. 13 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at South University-West Palm Beach was Registered Nursing with 139 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 72

  2. 291

In 2017, 72 degrees were awarded to men at South University-West Palm Beach, which is 0.247 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (291).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 16 degrees were awarded to men at South University-West Palm Beach in Physical Therapy Technician, which is 1 times approximately the same the 16 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 125 degrees were awarded to women at South University-West Palm Beach in Registered Nursing, which is 8.93 times more than the 14 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

6%

100% Completion Time

6%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 6% of students graduating from South University-West Palm Beach completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 6% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 6% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Hispanic or Latino Male

Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at South University-West Palm Beach is Male and Hispanic or Latino (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    161 degrees awarded

  2. White

    98 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    74 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at South University-West Palm Beach is black or african american (161 degrees awarded). There were 1.64 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (98 degrees).

3.03% of degree recipients (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Black or African American Female

    135 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    69 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    60 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at South University-West Palm Beach is black or african american female (135 degrees awarded). There were 1.96 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (69 degrees).

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Operations

South University-West Palm Beach has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $0 (N/A%), compared to the 2.38% average return ($240k on $10.1M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2017, South University-West Palm Beach had a total salary expenditure of $19.4M. South University-West Palm Beach employs 17 Instructors, 4 Assistant professors, and 3 Associate professors. Most academics at South University-West Palm Beach are Female Instructors (11), Male Instructors(6), and Female Assistant professors (3).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at South University-West Palm Beach are: Office and Administrative Support, with 19 employees, Management, with 18 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 3 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A

2017 Endowment

0%

growth from 2016

South University-West Palm Beach has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of South University-West Palm Beach stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $N/A approximately the same as than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $3.7M - Federal

  2. $799k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, South University-West Palm Beach received $3.7M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $799k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$6.93M

2017 Salaries

7.51%

growth from 2016

In 2017, South University-West Palm Beach paid a median of $6.93M in salaries, which represents 35.7% of their overall expenditure ($19.4M) and a 7.51% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.877% growth from 2015 and a 5.97% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 2.59M (39.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$1.97M

Instructional Salaries

26

Number of Employees

In 2017, South University-West Palm Beach paid a total of $1.97M to 26 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $1.33M (32.3%) for similar Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor

Most Common Instructor

17 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

19 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at South University-West Palm Beach were Instructor with 17 employees; Assistant professor with 4 employees; and Assistant professor with 3 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at South University-West Palm Beach were Office and Administrative Support with 19 employees; Management with 18 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 3 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Instructor

  2. Male Instructor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at South University-West Palm Beach was Female Instructor with 11 employees, Male Instructor with 6 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 3 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at South University-West Palm Beach.

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